Date of Award

5-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity

Department

ASL & Interpreting

First Advisor

Erica Alley

Department/School

Interpreting

Abstract

The definitions and characterizations of conference interpreting work found in the literature primarily refer to the work done by spoken language interpreters. As many American Sign Language (ASL)-English interpreters currently work in conference settings, it is important to define and characterize conference interpreting for this group of practitioners. A mixed methods approach was used to learn about the experiences of sign language interpreters working in conference settings. This paper will discuss the inherent features of conference environments experienced by sign language interpreters, ways in which conference work differs from generalist work, and the changes in the process by which sign language interpreters begin interpreting in the conference setting.

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